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break. >> this is always a big day here if boston, almost everyone off. we have new video coming in. showing the people trapped between the two explosions. exactly 12 seconds apart. watch and listen. this is what it felt like if you were caught between the two bombs. [ explosion ] >> holy -- >> oh, my gosh. [ explosion ] [ screaming ] >> you see everything shake. 12 seconds of terror. absolute terror and chaos. josh, those 12 seconds came right before the 3:00 p.m. hour. that is the hour when the bulk of the runners will be crossing the finish line. >> a year ago, the average finish, 4:18. this happened right at the 4:10 mark and just after the red sox
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game had ended. the city became a village for the day. lots more to get to. incrudding information on the 8-year-old victim. there he is. an innocent lost today, martin richard. but first, we turn our eyes to the marathon. as i mentioned, suture a high-profile event. with so many cameras on the scene, we were able to reconstruct it moment by terrifying moment. the attack appears timed for maximum impact. just before 2:50 p.m., this is the viewpoint seen by many of the marathon runners approaching the finish line. the first of the two explosions rocks the sidewalk along the bl
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air. shrapnel spewing into the crowds. >> we're going to need more ambulances here. we need some more ambulances. [ explosion ] >> reporter: the moment captured from multiple angles. [ explosion ] marathon runner bill rksiffrig s to the ground. moments later, a second explosiegg explosion goes off, less than a block away. >> it was very loud. the ground shook. you could feel it going down through you. >> we need help! >> reporter: as the injured laid on the pavement, plood staining the ground, emergency medical technicians, boston police, and some 400 national guardsmen on hand for the race already immediately triaged the victims.
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>> i saw one guy with his legs gone down from the fees. people are feet and limbs missing. >> reporter: reports of another ek ploegs, this time at boston's jfk library. it's later deemed unrelated. in the growing confusion, reports of additional devices. several schools and hospitals briefly evacuated. meanwhile, over 130 victims being transported to over six hospitals. just after 6:00 p.m., the president addressed the nation. >> make no mistake. we'll get to the bottom of this. any responsible individuals, responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice. >> we wanted to show you this picture. a symbol of all that was left undone, unfinished yesterday. the hundreds of bags left unclaimed by runners unable to
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finish the race yesterday. george? >> josh, i'm here with two of the runners who crossed the finish line before the moment of impact. 78-year-old bill iffrig and rebecca roach. bill, we have all ian sooen this image. as you were approaching the finish line, the blast hit, you went down. tell us what you remember. >> an enormous blast next to me. it buckled my legs. i knew i was going down. as soon as i hit the blacktop, i started looking around to see how we were doing. i seem to be okay. i didn't get up right away. >> you felt the impact but were barely injured. >> the impact drove me to the ground.
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buckled my legs underneath me. it didn't last long. >> you must have been alittle bit ahead of this. you crossed the finish line and then what? >> i crossed the finish line about 30, 60 seconds prior. the bombs went off and actually my mom and dear friends were injured in the impact. >> how are they doing now? >> they're recovering from surgery. >> what kind of injuries? >> a tibial compound fracture and a patella shatter. >> could you feel the blast from where you were? >> yeah. >> what did you think happened? >> i thought the worst. i turned arounded a saw the smoke from both bombs and thought something terrible had happened. >> bill, you were dazed for a few minutes? >> oh, yeah. one of the attendants at the finish line came over and started helping me up. i was okay once i got up on my
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feet. he assisted me to get over to the finish line so i could finish the race. >> you finished the race after thaul all that? >> yes, i did. >> in those moments after, what did you do? where did you go? >> it was chaotic. people were being pushed out of the way. scrambling. people were hiding under buses. it was just panic. we did the best we could the get out of that area and try to make it back to our loved ones. >> we're glad you did. we're glad they're going to be okay. we're sorry for their injuries. thank you so much. new information right now, at least 176 people injured in the bombings yesterday. investigators have been frantically searching overnight for clues as to who might be behind the bombings. abc's chief investigative
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correspondent brian ross has been tracking the all night long opinion. >> reporter: there could not be more urgency to the discovery of who is behind this attack. hundreds of police and federal agents assigned. federal agents searched an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston sub you are of revere. agents told residents later there was nothing to worry about. the quick response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> i encourage everyone to have a heightened state of vigilance here in the boston area. >> reporter: fbi agents went to a local hospital to question a 20-year-old saudi college student injured in the blast. authorities stressed he's not considered a suspect. >> there are people we're
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talking to. there is no suspect at brigham and women's hospital. >> reporter: so far, the videos are providing important clues. the white smoke indicates small bombs with a simple, low-velocity explosive mixture. still sophisticated enough to detonate about 15 seconds apart. >> they may not have had the resources as we have soon in the other bomb attacks. but they knew how to make the bomb go boom. >> reporter: the large piece of metal, like these in the air, suggest that the bombs may have been concealed in a trash barrel or mailbox. >> i saw the flash, the fire, the smoke. i literally saw a garbage can explode. >> reporter: the limited damage to nearby buildings, the bombs may not have functioned as designed. in other words, as bad as it
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was, it could have been worse. authorities don't know enough to rule in or rule out domestic or international terrorism. >> let's get more from pierre thomas in washington and i'm here with martha raddatz. we just heard from the press conference. only two explosive devices. we heard from the fbi special agent in charge, no additional threats at this time. so little chatter around the explosion. no intelligence coming in before the explosions. no claim of responsibility after. >> reporter: george, intelligence officials are perplexed that there has been no chatter. typically, terror organizations like to claim responsibility as the event is unfolding. one thing left unsaid at the press conference, i spoke to a senior official about just this morning. whoever did this got away. there's no specific threat. officials say they have to be
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mindful of that going forward. they're quite sconcerned about copy cats. this investigation is complicated. you heard the fbi official and the police officials say that the crime area extends 15 blocks in diameter. they've only been able to reduce to it 12 this morning. that tells you how complicated the situation is, george. >> that's right. the police commissioner said it's the most complex crime scene he's seen in the city of boston. they're getting so many tips. they're calling for more. >> reporter: exactly. the key, surveillance tape. the videos people are providing. they need to talk to witnesses, including some two were desperately injured yesterday. two were near the blast. they have to get to those people and see what they saw. >> okay, pierre. i'm here with martha as well. you've been in iraq, afghanistan
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so many times. so reminiscent of what you saw there and the injuries, too. >> both horribly reminiscent. when the war began if iraq, and everything changed when they started putting the small improvised explosive devices in the areas that soldiers patrolled. you get the small, hard fireball an blast. that hurts the lower limbs. you have a lot of traumatic amputations. you also have people who know how to look at these devices. and that war was a realle lesso in how to track. they'll try to find a triggering device. was it put in there? remote controlled? >> thank you, martha. we want to turn our attention to the victims tapped heroes. linsey davis joins us with that. so many injured. so many runners who became first
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responders. >> that is one of the things that struck me. the doctors and nurses running in the marathon. already running for several hours. running 26 miles and they found the energy to help. in some cases, saving lives. at least 145 people injured, 3 lives lost. 15 people injured critically. overnight, brand-new detailed about 8-year-old martin richard, who lost his life moments after he hugged his dad, who just crossed the finish line. he went to stand next to his mom and younger sister. then the explosion. it left his mom with a head injury and caused his sister to lose her leg. >> he was out of the bike, always in the driveway. a very close-knit family. it's a tragedy. >> reporter: richard is among the three people who died many the attack. doctors at hospitals around boston describing waiting rooms
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that looked like war zones. nearly 150 patients rushed in. many of them requiring amputations. some of them undergoing operations and clinging to life right now. 11-year-old aaron hearn was waiting for his mom to cross the finish line. >> dad was up on the bleachers and looking down. the crowd got chaotic and -- he found him lying down. >> reporter: hearn is among the 150 people injured in the attack, according the the latest numbers, at least 17 in critical condition. eight of them children. the youngest, a 2-year-old boy treated for a head injury. the oldest victim, reportedly in their 70s. some of the injured are college students. one from boston university, two from tufts and seven from emerson college. >> i'm joined by liz norton, a
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mother of five with a horrifying story to tell about two of her sons, who were at the blast site yesterday, just before 3:00 p.m. liz, thank you for joining me. also joined by your daughter, colleen. i want to share this picture of them. this is paul, j.p., and your youngest, jonathan. we're here the talk about paul and j.p. andlet start when you got call just after 3:00 p.m. from your son saying he had been hurt bad. >> hi son called me at 3:00. he said he was hurt really bad. he couldn't find his brother or his girlfriend. and that he was being rushed to the hospital. and -- we couldened find my other son for a long time afterward. >> the force of the impact was enough that despite standing next to each other, they were actually knocked completely apart. >> yes. >> now, you were able to see
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them. >> i am. i could see them for a few minutes. they're both going into surgery soon this morning. they both lost a leg. below the knee. i really don't know too much because it's just so overwhelming. it's like a nightmare. >> paul's girlfriend suffered severe burns. what do we know of her condition? >> she's at tufts medical. they wouldn't tell anybody but family members. her twin sister said today that paul and j.p. saved her life. they were in front of her. >> now, paul actually, when he called you, said he couldn't find his brother. he was worried about his brother. >> yes. >> when did they finally learn that the other had made it? >> they don't know. they don't know. they don't even know. they don't know what is going on, they have them so sedated. >> relearned of a young 8-year-old boy standing right next to your sons, who was
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killed. >> it was terrible. i wish i could take the place for them. it's terrible. >> liz, and colleen, i want you to know, the thoughts and prayers of an entire country are with you and yours this morning in this horrific time, we thank for joining us and telling us about paul and j.p. >> thank you. >> and we hope to have much more on their story. today. for now, let's return to new york where sam champion has a look at the nation's weather. sam? >> hey, josh. just watching it, it could have been anyone, anyone's family. anyone. let's start with the west. we'll begin with a large, strong system pulling inland. a lot of wind. not so much for the coastline. hop off the coast, into the mountains and canyons, some could be 60 miles per hour easy. seattle to portland, getting
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dryer air in here. the temperatures are cooler. los angeles, by a few degrees. we'll see milder air by the end of the week.
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and coming up on "gma," live for the viewers in the west, connecting the dots. was the terror attack a conspiracy or the act of a lone wolf? and we'll look at the types of bombs used in this attack. crude but so deadly effective. ♪
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>> now from abc7 news, good morning, breaking news on a haz-mat situation in the south bay, sky 7 was overhead of pg&e lot in south san jose where oil has leaked from a transformer unit. investigators believe there was an act of vandalism. someone fire add gun in the transformer causing the leak. no injuries have been reported and there are no evacuations. now the tuesday morning commute. leyla gulen? >> a haz-mat situation on 101 in the southbound direction. the sig-alert is in effect because of an overturned dump truck carrying metal debris. all the debris is spilled and there is a fuel leak. it will be around until 10:00 a.m. this morning causing huge backups from when 92 transition to southbound 101 closed until further notice. >> when we come back,
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[ explosion ] >> something just blew up. >> that is what you heard. that is what you saw. that is what you felt in those final moments before the finish line when those bombs went off at the boston marathon shortly before 3:00 p.m. yesterday, moments of terror. 12 seconds of terror that shook a whole city now reverberating all across the country. good morning, america, from boston, a city reeling this morning after a day of
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celebration was shattered by shrapnel from those bombs exploding at the finish line. came at mile 26, this mile also marked for the 26 victims of the newton tragedy. i'm here are josh elliott, brian ross, martha raddatz. everyone reported this story all night long after those 12 seconds of terror in boston. >> about three blocks from here, george, just to our left on boylston street and what we can tell you about this mile 26, it's not a finish line now, it looks far more like a war zone. three are dead. 145 injured at least. 15 of them critically as we saw national guardsmen actually deploying into the subway stop right here, as they are moving stop to top through the city this morning. >> boston is shut down and cities across the country are on high alert. we'll talk to also a number of eyewitnesses including the college student who crossed the
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finish line at the moment of the bomb's impact. >> a new factor now for the entire country. how will our fashion change? and for so many parents waking up with children this morning, what do you say to your kids this morning about the terror here in boston? amy robach, sam champ quion in times square this morning. where there's also a very big police presence. >> we'll get to that later but now the devastating stories. the bombs by all accounts were crude and unsophisticated as they were deadly and jim avila is in washington reporting on it. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, george. the bombs that cause such tragic wounds are actually quite small, and portable, like these dummy devices. they're easy to hide in a backpack. at this size they're hardly powerful enough to cause any structural damage but designed to wreak havoc on the human body, the flesh and the mind. that white smoke, the damaging
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shrapnel, telltale clues of an improvised explosive device. we've seen what they do to armored vehicles and foot patrols in iraq and afghanistan. bigger ieds like this one can cause quite a blast. but most often, the smaller bombs, as if boston, are not strong enough to damage structures. but they can be deadly to anyone in the kill zone. >> there's only one reason to build an improvised explosive device and that's to kill or injure people. >> reporter: this demonstration shows the damage done by the shrapnel. small pieces of metal often loaded inside the bomb. you can see and hear those dangerous projectiles exploding into the air. >> these people were in close proximity to the device when it went off. that's where you'll see the most catastrophic injuries. >> reporter: the actual blast of the boston bomb was not strong, mostly causing injuries from low-flying debris. leading authorities to call it a
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small, mobile ied. the times square bomb two years ago was potentially much bigger, carrying 250 pounds of ammonium nitrate. a demonstration by the fbi showed it would have created a huge explosion if it would have ignited and infamous underwear bomb designed to bring down an airplane may have been powerful enough to do it as this demonstrate showed. and unfortunately, learning how to build these devices is public knowledge. >> they're easy to hide. they're easy to build. it doesn't require a lot of skill. >> reporter: if -- in fact, experts say instructions to build bombs like the one used in boston can be found in the library or the interneat with just a few clicks. josh. >> thank you, jim. we'll turn now to the latest on the investigation unfolding. authorities working this morning to connect so many dots. one big clue could be monday's date, april 15th, the anniversary of some of the most harrowing incidents in domestic terror are coming this week.
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and abc's pierre thomas in washington has been tracking all the latest and has that right now for us. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, josh. my sources tell me it's the evidence on scene and witnesses that will break open the case. the list of potential suspects could be long because investigators know this stretch of april is one with a dark history. this friday, april 19th, is also the anniversary of two of the most traumatic days in the country's recent history. in 1993, a 51-day standoff between federal law enforcement and branch davidian leader david koresh ended with 80 dead including 25 children when koresh refused to surrender peacefully. on the same day two years later, timothy mcveigh bombed the alfred murrah federal building in oklahoma city killing 168 including 19 children in the building's day care center. >> that attack was specifically designed as payback for the government's role in waco two years earlier. >> reporter: for those who hate
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america and know something of its history, monday had particular meaning. in massachusetts monday was a state holiday. patriots day, commemorating the first shots fired in the american revolution. during the battles of lexington and concord fought near boston in 1775. >> the real patriots day is april 19th. that is the date that counts for people on the extreme right in the united states. as it happens, massachusetts celebrates patriots' day on the third monday of every -- of the month. >> reporter: but for every conspiracy theory about domestic extremists or international terrorists, there is this fact. april has seen its share of random senseless violence aimed at the innocent and vulnerable in public places. soft targets. on this day six years ago the virginia tech massacre and this saturday april 20th marks 14 years since the deadly columbine
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school shooting. investigators are mindful of all of this. my sources tell me today the priority is simply to go where the evidence points, george. >> okay. thanks, pierre. let's bring in richard clarke, the head of counterterrorism for presidents clinton and bush. now an abc news consultant. richard, you were there for waco and you were there for oklahoma city. how much would you be paying attention to these dates right now? >> well, not very much, george. i think we can't read anything that this yet. the only thing we can tell is this could have been done by a lone individual, just physically looking at the attack. it could have been. that's about all we can really say. it doesn't mean it was a lone individual. i think we can also say that we now have a risk of copycat killers using the same technique, going on the internet, making a bomb. this is a very small bomb. easily made. putting it in a trash bin at an event. you know, at the inauguration, we always see the police coming and taking the trash bins off
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pennsylvania avenue prior to the parade. boston didn't do that apparently yesterday because there was no threat information. marathon had gone off peacefully for years. i used to go to it as a kid. in fact, the poor boy that died was from the neighborhood i grew up in. this is all very personal for a lot of us. but i think for now the only thing we can say is they will either break quickly as in the world trade center attack in 1993. or it could take months of forensic work as in the twa 800 crash. it may take a long time for the fbi to put the videotape together from so many cameras. >> and, richard, one of the perplexing things as you pointed out no real chatter before the attack and not much after either. >> not much after that we know of. you can be sure, george, that the national security agency is going through all sorts of phone calls in the boston area to foreign locations.
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they're also going to be looking for phone calls made at the exact times of the bombs going off to see if the bombs were triggered by calls to cell phones. that's their expertise. the fbi's expertise is putting together lots of little pieces, little tiny pieces of bombs and that's what they'll start doing today. >> okay, painstaking work ahead. richard clarke, thanks very much. time for the weather and let's go back to sam champion in times square. >> hey, george, we're going to begin with a map that shows all of the warm air pooling in the south headed east over the next couple of days. temperatures in the 60s approaching the 70s into the northeast. and we have raleigh and a good part of the south coming up with temperatures in the 80s. d.c., you're warm. washington, new york, all warm. even raleigh is coming in with those 83-degree temperatures by the time we get to friday. then take a look at the next storm that moves off the west. we have already got some strong winds whipping behind the storm.
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but this is one that will deliver more snow to denver and the mountains above it. and for severe storms into the >> good morning, i am mike 19, breezy along the coast and the bay. temperatures are warm than yesterday. 50's at the coast and the rest of us in the mid-to-upper 60's. >> milder temperatures all week until you get to the weekend on the east and then cooler temperatures there. george. >> thank you, sam. coming up, the heroes who ran into the chaos after the bombs went off. they were going to help. what they're saying about why they sprang into action during those harrowing moments.
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special edition of "good morning america" with the stories of the heroes here in boston yesterday. the men and women who rushed into the chaos to try to help just after those harrowing explosions rocked the finish line of the boston marathon. and linsey davis is back with us with those stories of those who ran to the aid of the wounded. linsey. >> reporter: we talked about what a difference it likely made that you already had first responders right on the scene of the marathon. but then there were those who weren't trained for this. who simply adrenaline kicked in and they stepped in to do what they could to help. this was the moment when thousands of people instead of running to the finish line began running for their lives. and then there were those who ran straight toward the chaos. >> that's what americans do in times of crisis. we come together and we help one another. moments like these, terrible as they are, don't show our weakness.
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they show our strength. >> reporter: this morning they are being hailed as heroes. carlos and his wife were in the vip section passing out american flags for u.s. soldiers when the bomb exploded right in front of them. [ explosion ] >> my first instinct was to just run across the street and start helping out the people. >> reporter: he sprang into action stopping the bleeding of a man who lost both legs. he never left his side. holding his hand until help arrived. >> he's in a little in shock. >> reporter: former new england patriot joe andruzzi, who was there in support of his cancer foundation, seen here carrying an injured woman to safety. and bruce mendelsohn was blocks away from the explosion still because he was knocked out of his seat but then headed toward the scene. >> i was with my brother who had
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just finished the marathon and i yelled at him to get all the people back away from the windows. there were blood smears on the sidewalk. there were people injured with a lot of grievous lower body injuries. i tried to render what med kl assistance i could and tried to help the boston pd on the scene. >> reporter: there were stories of bravery. dozens of ambulances lining the trees with the caption "this is what a hero looks like." another man tweeting "my boss' brother was at the boston marathon and said he carried a 5-year-old who had lost her legs five blocks to an balance." pound, hero. this morning we see for every act of terror heroes emerge. it all comes to down to that natural instinct, that knee-jerk reaction of fight or flight. these heroes are the people who didn't flee. even the first responders they were expecting things like blisters, dehydration and cramps. not lost limbs and shrapnel wounds. but these people, they rose to the a occasion and they're being celebrated. >> like you said it was instinct to go right back toward the danger. thanks very much.
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welcome back. we do want to share with you a bit of the national reaction. the incredible outpouring of support captured in images across the country. of course, in new york there's the brooklyn academy of music. new york and boston, regional rivals no more. new york and the country loving boston. it was a day rich in athletic history in boston, that is the glove of philadelphia phillies ball player ben revere with a message for boston during a game against the cincinnati reds. and then to the rinks. phoenix coyotes' keith yandle.
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>> now from abc7 news. >> a martinez 6th grader at the boston marathon is recovery after having shrapnel removed
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from his leg. doctors are not sure of the extent of the damage. he was waiting to take a picture of his mother crossing the finish line when the first bomb went off. >> and now over to mike. windy? what do you think? >> less windy but a lot of pollen in the winds. we will be mostly in the mid-to-upper 60's and upper 50's to 60's along the coast. leyla gulen? >> clean up continues in san mateo with a sig-alert southbound 101 at highway 92, one lane remains blocked right now and also the transition westbound, 92 to southbound 101, that stays closed until 1
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good morning, america. this morning, terror at the boston marathon. [ explosion ] the two explosions that rocked the finish line. three dead now. at least 140 injured. >> something just blew up. [ explosion ] run! >> shock waves and shrapnel blasting the crowd. >> we're going to need more ambulances here. we need some more ambulances.
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>> this morning what we know about the victims right now including the children, an 8-year-old and 11-year-old caught in the horror. and the harrowing story of the college women's lacrosse team just feet from the finish line. overnight a frantic search playing out around boston. are the clues to the culprit buried in the bombs? we're live on the scene with breaking new details and brand-new video. >> announcer: this is a special edition of "good morning america: terror at the boston marathon" live from times square and boston. and good morning, america, from boston. you see those images right there, of those moments, right after the two explosions went off four hours into the boston marathon yesterday. just a little before 3:00 p.m. two explosions 12 seconds apart sending chaos around the finish line, hundreds of victims injured. three dead so far. it was a day shattered by those
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bombs. today beginning here in boston so much like it did yesterday. the sun is shining. that's how it began yesterday as well. but then those explosions came mile 26 of the boston marathon, a mile marked for the victims of the newtown tragedy. you see so much chaos there. >> to see those two explosions about 150 feet apart and to see how many people were caught in between them is to get a sense of how many people were here at the epicenter of the terror. >> josh elliott here along with martha raddatz and brian ross working the story all night long in washington and here in boston trying to piece together everything we know about those moments of terror. >> so here is what we know, three dead including an 8-year-old boy from nearby d dorchester. more than 145 injured, 15 of them critically. federal investigators are saying that no one has yet claimed responsibility for these bombings.
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again, we are here in the center of boston just near the explosion point some three blocks to our left, the main injuries so many for loss of limbs. it was patriots day. of course, children here in the city. and so many of the college students being reminded of the origins and the beginning of the american revolution. it is a regional holiday and certainly a day for all bostonians to celebrate what makes them singular and what has turned yesterday so deadly. >> always to be remembered in a different way. we have brand-new video coming in overnight we want to show that captures those moments between the two explosions exactly 12 seconds apart. watch and listen. this is what it felt like if you were caught between the two bombs. [ explosion ] >> holy [ muted ]. >> what was that? >> oh, my god. [ screaming ] [ explosion ] >> you can see everything shake right there.
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12 seconds apart, as you said, josh, about 100, 150 yards. two powerful explosions that sent everyone running. this was the moment, this was the hour where the bulk of the runners in this race, 23,000 in the boston marathon would be crossing the finish line. we want to go to amy robach also in new york. sam is up there, as well. there's an increased police presence in times square this morning too, amy. >> there is. we can see them right out our window, and, george, i know you and josh and so many of us parents across the country are struggling with all of these images and all this increased presence around us about what to tell our children this morning about those deadly explosions at the finish line. i was dealing with this last night with my 10-year-old who was sobbing, so we'll talk with parents who are sharing with us what they're saying to their kids. we're also going to be talking to the experts about what the right things to do and say are. josh? >> such an important thing to
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do, amy. we're also going to have a lot more information in just a moment about the youngest victims including, again, that 8-year-old from a neighborhood, dorchester, just a couple of miles from where we sit. martin richard, an innocent lost if t in the carnage yesterday. the boston marathon, of course, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious races, as george mentions, roughly 23,000 runners participating so many cameras there capturing it all and those allow us indeed to piece together the disaster as it happened. [ explosion ] the attack appears timed for maximum impact. [ explosion ] just before 2:50 p.m., this is the viewpoint seen by many of the 26,000 marathon runners who are approaching the finish line. [ explosion ] the first of the two explosions rocks the sidewalk along the course. white smoke blasting into the air blowing metal barricades into the street and spewing
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shrapnel into crowds gathered at the finish. [ explosion ] >> we are going to need more ambulances here. we need some more ambulances. [ explosion ] >> the moment captured from multiple angles just as the race clock approaches the 4:10 mark. [ explosion ] marathon runner bill iffrig is knocked to the ground. 12 seconds later, as many flee the scene -- >> something just blew up. [ explosion ] run! go! >> reporter: -- a second explosion goes off about 130 yards from the first, less than a block away. >> oh, god. get out of the stands. >> it was very loud. the ground shook. you could just feel it going down through you. >> reporter: as the injured lay on the pavement, blood staining the ground, emergency medical technicians, boston police and some 400 national guardsmen already on hand for the race immediately triaged the wounded. the event's medical tent was transformed into a trauma unit. >> i saw one guy with his legs
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gone at the knees and some ankles and feet missing, shrapnel wounds on people on the sides of their head. >> reporter: by 3:00 p.m. just as the president is being briefed on the attacks, reports trickle in of yet another explosion, this time at jfk's libra library. it's later deemed unrelated. meanwhile, over 130 victims are being transported to six area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> investigators searching for clues as to who is behind the bombings all night long and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here and he's been reporting on it all night. brian? >> reporter: well, good morning, george. there is a killer at large. and with no one in custody, and no sense that there might be more terror attacks coming, the search for the people behind this is -- could not be more urgent.
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overnight a tip about possible explosives led federal agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston suburb of revere. agents later told residents there was nothing to worry about. but the quick law enforcement response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> the maker of the device intended for the device to go off simultaneously, and he had absolutely no regard for, you know, women, children, runners, innocent people. [ sirens ] >> reporter: fbi agents also went to a local hospital to question a 20-year-old saudi college student who was injured in the blast. but authorities stressed he is not considered a suspect. >> there are people that we are talking to, but there is no suspect at brigham and women's hospital. [ explosion ] >> reporter: so far the videos of the blast are providing some of the most important clues. authorities say the white smoke seen after the detonation indicates small bombs with a
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simple, low-velocity explosive mixture, not military grade. >> i literally saw the garbage barrel explode and i saw the flash, the fire, the smoke and i just ran as fast as i could. >> reporter: experts say the large pieces of metal as seen in the air suggest the bombs might have been concealed in a mailbox or trash barrel. >> there's nothing worse than knowing that you have a depraved, indifferent killer out there. and forget his motivation, whether it was political or social or just a psychopathic criminal, he has to be caught. and he has to be caught immediately. >> so the search is urgent but at this point authorities say they do not know enough to rule in or rule out either domestic or international terrorism. george? >> okay, brian, thanks. i'm here with abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. you can't rule anything in or out right now, martha, as brian just said. but this doesn't seem to have the hallmark or clues that we normally associate with al qaeda attacks. >> it doesn't. no one is claiming
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responsibility. they weren't enormous bombs. but they are both like bombings in iraq and in afghanistan. those smaller bombs, and plus the 1 seconds apart. the two bombs, that's really a hallmark of somebody who knows what they're doing and they want to elicit maximum terror. i mean, think about the word "terror," the people here, innocents in their shorts and t-shirts watching a wonderful event, and right now, we sit here. when i flew in last night, george, i was looking over the city and i thought, somewhere in that city is someone who just did a horrible, horrible thing. >> and, martha, for you coming in last night, i was coming home while you reported from boston for many years, you know what this marathon, what this day, patriots day means to this city of boston. >> it is just the most wonderful coming together in this city. you know, this is a big city, but it really is a small town and i am already hearing terrible stories of people who have a friend of a friend who lost a leg. everybody, everybody in this town is going to be affected by this. the marathon will never be the same. these runners will never forget.
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the boston marathon, which, for so many years, we all gathered down here. we all gathered at the finish line. we all gathered along the route. it will have a different meaning going forward. you've also got a town here dealing with amputation. i mean we've been at war for over ten years. i see these national guardsmen going downstairs, they all have combat action patches on. and i talked to a couple of guys this morning, they've been in iraq and afghanistan. but for them, to see innocent victims like this who can't fight back, blown up, is really heartbreaking for everyone. >> that trauma is going to linger for a long time. josh. >> we'll bring back abc's linsey davis who has the story of one of the youngest victims here, an 8-year-old from a neighborhood just a few miles from here. >> josh, you know, i saw an article today that started very simply with he has a name. and it is martin richard. he is the 8-year-old who lost his life yesterday after apparently just going to the finish line. his dad had apparently just finished running the race and he gives his dad a hug.
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his dad then walks off. he then joins his mother and younger sister on the sidewalk. the explosion happens. his mom is seriously injured. she is now in the hospital. his little sister apparently loses her leg. a third sibling is apparently uninjured. but can you just imagine this morning, the horror of this family? it just makes you want to hold your loved ones a little bit closer. >> hug them up, tell them you love them and still at times that's just not enough. it is such a moment. it's such a moment of innocence lost here. thank you for that. martin richard from dorchester. george? >> okay, josh, thanks. let's bring in dr. dave king. he's on the phone. he ran the marathon himself finishing out before the blast. also a trauma surgeon at mass general, has been personally doing surgery on the victims rushed into the e.r. all night long. thanks for joining us. tell us more about the scene at mass general last night. >> thanks for having me, george.
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i can tell you that the scene at the hospital was a degree of controlled chaos. between all of the subspecialties involved, the emergency department, our trauma team, the operating room and the intensive care unit, our entire team rallied very quickly. we were able to get all the critical patients into the operating room within minutes, largely saving everyone. these operations, though, are generally staged, meaning we do them in small pieces instead of one big operation at once, so today we're back in the operating room with many of these casualties and will likely be back in the operating room with them over the next several days. >> and many of these victims dealing with injuries to their lower limbs, some amputations,
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as well. and as you point out, it takes a series of surgeries to deal with this kind of trauma. >> that's right. well, the two primary types of injuries we're seeing are similar to the kinds of injuries that i saw in iraq and afghanistan as they -- as seen as a deployed combat surgeon. that is multiple frag pmentatio to the torso and limbs and lower extremity blast injuries. these are the dominant injuries we're seeing. >> and we have seen some reports that maybe the bomb had been packed with ball bearings. did you have any evidence of that? >> i don't want to comment directly on what foreign bodies that we have recovered from the victims, but, yes, there were multiple fragments packed around the bombs, some metal, and i
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just don't want to elaborate on exactly what types of metal were involved. i'll leave that for the investigators to sort out and brief you. >> and, as you said, you'll be going back into the emergency room today. you think that you'll be able to save most of the injured? >> back to the operating room today with many of the casualties. so far -- at -- for all the ten kritly injured we have on our trauma team, we have no deaths. and we hope to keep it that way. >> okay, dr. dave king, thank you for calling in. thank you for all your work. we want to go back up to new york. right now times square on high alert with an increased police presence right now. and sam has the weather. sam? >> good morning, george. we'll begin with just a little detail out of oklahoma. several rapid shakes and quakes out in that direction. most of them in the 2 to 3 range. that's a tremor. but we do have a 4.3 outside
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of oklahoma city northeast call it luther in that area from very early this morning and talked to the authorities that does not seem to be any injuries or damage from that series of little shakes there. 101 in laredo. 92 in midland. dallas, 87 today. pay attention to this because the next graphic we show is this rapid shot of cold air coming behooind the next storm that moves through the middle of the country. the east gets warmer air and stays that way for several days then watch this drop down. denver back into the 30s. dallas, you're going down into the 60s after you've been in the 80s. oklahoma city chilling back into the 50s. that big shot of cold air that moves across the country today and tomorrow.
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from here in new york and times square, a quick look at america's weather. now let's go back to boston with george and josh. >> thank you, sam. we'll be right back with more special coverage of the terror at the boston marathon. amy is going to have what you need to know about talking to your kids about the new fear factor in america this morning. can bite your pet a 400 times a day! and fleas and ticks don't travel alone. your pets may be under attack... ...if they're not protected by sentry® fiproguard® max! fiproguard® max kills fleas and ticks so fast... ...they start dying in just minutes. it even prevents more fleas from biting than frontline® plus or k9 advantix® ii. so pets win the war against fleas and ticks... ...with sentry® fiproguard® max. like frontline® brand products, fiproguard® products contain the active ingredient fipronil. find fiproguard® at these pet specialty retailers.
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after the terrifying boston marathon bombing. parents are facing a daunting challenge of what to say, how to explain the horror at the finish line, and how to help their kids cope. from coast to coast, parents are grappling with questions. how much do they tell their kids about the deadly explosions in boston? or do they tell them at all? among the parents conflicted maude sax, mother of 6-year-old lydia. >> what i want to do is cry and hold her close and never let her go. >> reporter: mom erin roy knows the feeling. >> the real struggle is, i want my daughter to have a childhood. >> reporter: she wonders what to say to her daughter who is 6 but acts years older. >> i think she's very aware and sensitive and asks amazing questions. >> reporter: in los angeles we spoke with several parents trying to make sense of it all. >> it's difficult. depending on their age. what they can handle or take in.
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>> you don't want to scare them but you want them to be aware of what is going on if the world. >> we just try to explain the best we can. >> reporter: dr. jamie howard says the boston terror attack is something parents should be talking about to kids of all ages. >> kidding are getting information really quick these days so it might not be that another 5-year-old have seen it but the older kids at school are talking about it. >> reporter: among howard's tips -- try to be calm and direct even if you are a little bit scared yourself. some sadness, anxiety, even nightmares is normal in children after a national tragedy and don't let teenagers fool you. >> you want to be for them to correct any misinformation. >> reporter: maude hasn't told her daughter about the explosions yet. she's still deciding what to say. >> it's the worst thing in the world to tell this small being that somebody has killed somebody else. >> reporter: as for erin, she
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made the difficult decision to talk with aasha last night. >> i would rather her hear it from me. >> reporter: aasha's reaction? >> we lit candles for everyone we appreciate. >> what i hope is that by talking about these things with her, we have a base, you know, we have a foundation. >> and for more now we are joined by psychiatrist dr. janet taylor and dr. sebastian scheuble, a trauma surgeon here in new york. and, you know, so many of us are dealing with this last night. i was up fairly late with my 10-year-old. she was sobbing. she said, why does this keep hallings? ever ever -- why does this keep happening? first, there was the movie theater shootings. then there were the school shootings. and now this. what do you say to your kids? >> it's very difficult and first thing is check in with your own
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emotion, because you can guarantee whatever you're feeling your kids are feeling, as well. have a direct, controlled conversation and have them re-establish their sense of control. you can explain there are bad people in the world but there are good people so let's focus on the good that's in our house right now. if you have questions, you can ask them to ask you questions, answer them honestly. if you don't know the answer, find the information together. and do something that is helping people. like the little girl in the video lit a candle. they can write a letter. >> what about the images on tv and internet? should you shield them? >> you have to monitor screen time and that's computers and tvs and phones understanding your kids have probably seen it before you do but you can re-establish the boundaries about what they're watching. >> what i did was focus on the heroes and there are so many good people in this world. talk about what those heroes, the doctors, nurses in the hospital and on the scene are doing to treat these traumatic and horrifying injuries. >> the first responders in boston did an incredible job. you can see how quickly they spun out the health care system. you have seven hospitals absorbing an enormous amount of patients. the organization of that, the communication required, even the people on the street, first
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responders not necessarily professionals clearly saved lives and having that in place and telling your kids that that is something that exists that can be accessed. and the health care system can work for you will provide assurance. >> hearing the word amputation sent my daughter into a -- that was almost worse than hearing death. >> you're hearing difficult words to deal with and images floating all over the internet. i've seen a few of them. they're incredibly graphic. but these people can be saved. they can have fulfilling lives. they'll require lots of attention and surgery but we will get them through. you heard that from the massachusetts general surgeon a few moments ago. he has ten critical patients and will last every last one of them. >> talk to your kids and explain what they're seeing. >> one hallmark of terrorism and a terrorist act is psychological and meant to get you off your game. so re-establish your routine. walk with your kids to school but don't change what you're
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doing. >> thank you both. important, important advice. thank you so much. coming up witnesses to the horror at the boston marathon. the runner just steps from finishing. we'll be right back. >> now from abc7 news. >> we continue to follow developing news from the south bay this morning where a house fire turned deadly. the young victim is a 7-year-old girl trapped in a burning home. the fire broke out on a house on north fifth before 11:30 last night. two others were hurt. >> right now, the morning commute update with leyla gulen. >> good morning, we are still
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tracking the sig-alert in san mateo, an overturned dump truck carrying metal debris. try now, southbound 101, affected by heavy traffic with one lane blocked and the transition from westbound 92 to southbound 101 is shut down and the closings are taking place until 11:00 arm this morning so use 280 instead. >> we will check with our meteorologist, mike nicco and
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this is >> announcer: this an abc news special report. terror at the boston marathon. good afternoon to all of you. i'm day yan sawyer at abc news head quarters in new york. we join you because we're awaiting the president and will address the nation again many the wake of the explosions at the boston marathon. about to enter the white house briefing room. to bring you up to date. police in boston have confirmed
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they only know of two explosionive devices. the two bombs that we saw detonate in the tapes. no confirmation of a suspect or a motive at this point. they say there are no known additional threats at this moment as well. also, the human toll now standing at 3 dead, 176 injured. 17 of those are critical. i want to check in with chief white house correspondent jonathan karl standing by in the briefing room. jon? >> the president has just been briefed by the national security team here at the white house. including the attorney general, the fbi director, and the secretary of homeland security. no indication of a major break through in the invest gags. they don't know who is me hind it. the president issued a proclamation ordering flags to be lowered at half staff at al federal buildings. the flag here was lowered about
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half hour ago. that was as mark of respect of the victims of this essentialless act of violence. here's the president. >> good morning, everybody. i've just been briefed by my national security team. attorney general holder, secretary napolitano, and lisa monaco on the attacks in boston. we continue to mobilize and deploy all law enforcement resources. obviously, our first thought this is morning are with the victims. their families. and the city of boston. we know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of americans and took the lives of others, including an 8-year-old boy. this was a heinous and cowardly act. and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of
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terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. what we don't yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why. whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a a malevolent individual. we don't know. we're at the beginning of our investigation. it will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. but we will find out. we will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. we also know this. the american people refuse to be terrorized. because what the world saw yesterday, and the nafr maafter the explosions were toris of
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ha heroism, kindness, and love. there were runners who stayed to help the wounded, ran to hospitals to give blood. the first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives. the men and women still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world and the medical students who hurried to help saying, when we heard, we all came in. the priests who opened their churches and ministered to the hurt and the fearful. and the good people of boston who hoped their homes to the victims of this attack and those shaken by it. if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that's it. selflessly, compassionately, unafraid. in the coming days, we'll pursue every effort to get to the bottom of what happened. we'll continue to remain vigilant. i've directed my administration to take appropriate security measures to protect the american
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people. this is a good time for all of us to remember that we all have a part to play in alerting authorities if you see something suspicious, speak up. i have extraordinary confidence in the men and women of the fbi, the boston police department and the other agencies that responded so well yesterday. i'm grateful for the leadership of governor patrick and mayor menino. i know that the people of boston will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way they have thus far. and their fellow americans will be right there with them. thank you very much. and you can expect further briefings from our law enforcement officials. as the day goes on. when we have more details, they will be disclosed. what i have indicated to you is what we know now. we know it was bombs that were
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set off. we know that obviously, they did some severe damage. we do not know who did them. whether this is the act of an organization or individual or individuals. we don't have a sense of motive yet. so -- everything else at this point is speculation. but, as we receive more information, as the fbi has more information, the kou counterterrorism teams have more information, we'll keep you posted. thank you very much, everybody. >> a short statement there from the president of the united states. putting the brakes on speculation about who was behind the bombs in boston. no word of whether it's domestic, foreign, individual, or more. and added that the american people will not be terrorized. chief investigative correspondent brian ross is in boston.
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what are they looking at right now? >> a couple of things. they're trying to piece together the frag mements from the bombs. looking for the signature of the bombmaker. they're looking at videos. somebody put two bombs along that route, probably about an hour before they went off. videos from sur sail lance cameras and eyewitnesses. perhaps looking for people putting bombs into a trash can or mailbox or leaving a bag on the sidewalk. >> i want to go to our justice correspondent as well, pierre thomas. we hear there's a worldwide investigation under way by the fbi. would this the automatic? >> it would be automatic. every intelligence agency is being asked to lock at its files for past and present information about whether any threats were overlooked. deemed not credible. i can tell you diane, speaking
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to a number of sources today, the president reflected what they had told me. that this investigation is painstaking. slow at the moment. no breakthrough overnight. one if i believe was somber in saying this. one official. they said, look, whoever did this got away. we know of no ongoing threat. you have to be concerned about the coming days. >> and again, they are combing, what, 15 blocks in boston, still looking for every camera anyone has, still looking for every clue anyone has. the president paying tribute to the response of so many people in boston yesterday. the three who have died, 176 injured. one of those two died, of course, an 8-year-old boy. i want to bring in linsey davis. you have been covering the hospitals. seen the heroic response firsthand. >> we're starting to get more of
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the names. ages, back stories. among them, the 8-year-old boy, his name, martin richard. he was an avid little leaguer. he had just hugged his father as he crossed the finish line and went to stand with his mother and sister. the mer and sister are in the hospital with serious injuries. his sister has lost her leg. one of their siblings believed to be unharmed. that is one of the many stories. the 11-year-old boy waiting for his mother to cross to take the picture. he never got a chance to take the picture. he's in the hospital right now. and the two brothers, 33, 31, who have each lost a leg from the knee down. just heart breaking stories. >> we'll have those stories tonight on "world news" as well as the latest on the investigation. abc news is across the country and the world reporting on the events in boston. and we'll bring it to you tonight. on "world news." once again, the president saying
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if you have seen something, speak up. and now, we want to return you to your regular programming. we're always there for you with the latest on abcnews.com. i'll see you again tonight on "world news." >> announcer: this has been a special report from abc news. and their friend two was in the marathon. charlotte. and it's worth pointing out, yesterday, patriots day. this is a college town at its heart. so many college students looked f forward to this day. tell us about the moments when the bomb exploded as you watched charlotte cross the finish line. >> we were all watching and cheering. the first one went off. we turned to each other and asked what happened. the second one went off, we screamed to run.
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we all ran. i have never run so fast in my life. >> what did you see when you looked down? >> i saw a lot of debris. and then, i heard the second one. and just turned and ran. >> now, we did mention there were three of your teammates injured. they were released from area hospitals last night. what can you tell us about their condition? >> they're all safe right now. they're safe and sound with their families. they're doing well. that's all we care about right now. we're happy they're safe. >> charlotte, you were running. what did you know when the first explosion rocked the finish line? >> i was running to cheer on my friend for the last six miles of the race. we crossed the finish line minutes before the explosion went off. we thought they were fireworks or cannons. we turned around and didn't see anything. the second one went off. we started sprinting. when we got to a more safe
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location, i turned around and video taped and took pictures pip guess, then, police were escorting us to keep moving. >> we have heard horrific things about the injury suffered. so many lower limb injuries. were any of you struck by the bomb or the glass that had shattered? >> we personally weren't. we were all kind of thrown to the ground. in the chaos, like, everyone just kind of -- it was like a stampede. >> yeah. i just -- i fell into like a barrier from a restaurant. i was just so scared i got right back up an kept running. i wasn't personally hit. >> what did it sound like? we have seen the chaos. what was it like to be in it? >> it was a loud vibration. you could almost feel the sound waves. i am not sure how to explain it.
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you felt the bomb an it win mass chaos. >> a serene holiday looked forward to by even here. shattered yesterday. charlotte, kerry, kerry, and erin, thank you for your time this morning. still to come, the role that social media played. how so many learned about the explosions here in boston. and the lifeline then for people searching for their loved ones. the impact when we return. tv drama.
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welcome back. for people trying to find out the status of their friends and their family during the boston marathon explosions, social media was a lifeline. survivors had more ways than ever to get the word out that they were alive and okay. abc's bianna golodryga has more on the outpouring of news across social media during a time of crisis. it was very uniting. >> so many people turning to their smartphones as this was taking place. the bombings were documented almost instantly by horrified spectators never imagining they would become modern day reporters. as the gruesome reality settled in, millions responding on twitter, facebook, and
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instagram, from celebrities to young schoolchildren. the bombings in boston are unique not just for their stunning intrusion into an american tradition, but because in a matter of seconds they became the first u.s. terrorist attacks of the social media generation. >> my friends finished after me, so the explosion happened right before they finished. they're all safe. i learned from facebook. the power of social media. >> reporter: some of the earliest reports that something had happened monday afternoon came directly from tweets along the race course. in the immediate aftermath of the first explosion. >> the news spread first on social media. and people started to see that something is going on. and then the second step is really the bigger picture. >> reporter: within moments still images, texts, even short video clips began rocketing across tablets and mobile phones making their way into news coverage. >> it was very loud. the ground shook. >> reporter: at times the images captured and distributed in realtime and without filters were shocking and bruten,
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leaving some online to express their discomfort. >> but the pic showing blood on the sidewalk is horrific. saw a pic of a boston street covered in bloods. no words tweeted another. >> something different here, we had these images, and they were really graphic on facebook in particular. you really couldn't close out of those images. >> reporter: but just as the events unfolded on essential media, so did a grassroots response. with those living nearby offering an online document to house runners evacuated from their hotel. to google, which launched a person finder service to help reunite lost friends and family members. still despite all the technology involved, perhaps the greatest power of social media monday was the ability to remind everyone of what really matters. two of boston's most famous natives. ben affleck and mark wahlberg took to social media sites to express their thoughts. ben posted "such a senseless and tragic day. my family and i send our love to our beloved and resilient boston" and mark, "thoughts and
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prayers with my hometown boston." he was just here with you yesterday on the show. >> right, and who would have thought that the day would turn so tragic the way it did. and the power of social media brought us together and kept us connected. >> thank you, bianna. we appreciate it. coming up more from boston. we will talk to the eyewitnesses just ten feet from the exp
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and we are back here in boston, i am here with david able, "the boston globe." thank you for joining us, david. you were right on the finish line at the moment the first blast went off. tell us about what you saw. >> right. so i was there taking video as runners were coming in when i felt the ground shake and i heard a passive pop, and i saw a
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large plume of smoke. took me a while to figure out exactly what was happening. >> any sense of what it could be? >> you know, a lot of people have asked me this question at this point. first the normal thing filtered through your mind was it a gas explosion? was it a malfunctioning piece of equipment? was it celebratory gunfire for the incoming runners in jubilation? but as soon as the smoke cleared and there was a second blast, we knew what had happened. >> you saw the injured on the ground immediately. >> yeah, pretty much immediately as soon as i got up to my feet and the smoke cleared, the carnage became visible. and it was the most horrific thing i have ever seen. >> what is it like at the finish line? >> so it's a pretty congested place. there's a viewing stand, media stand sort of over the finish line. i was actually standing on the finish line as scores of runners were coming in every minute on both sides there are spectators and whoever planted it did it
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deliberately because they knew how to maximize the casualties. because invariably, as someone two has run three boston marathons. running on to boylston street i have a compared to hitting a home run at fenway park. there's a deafening roar and there are ten people deep as spectators. and so, where these bombs were planted were where the most people would be. >> where all the friends and family come to greet the marathoners and seemed like you would have the highest volume of runners crossing the finish line. >> yeah, about the four-hour mark, probably a little after that. and that's probably when most of the runners for charity come in. so, yeah, there was a substantial number of runners at the time. >> one of the thing that was also so remarkable about all this. you can see some of that on video there. the emergency responders sprang into action so quickly. >> so if there's anything you can say that's heartening from
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this experience was, you know, in the moments after the chaos and the second bomb exploded, we saw police officers, marathon volunteers, spectators, strangers helping strangers ripping down metal barricades and carrying people with the worst possible injuries by hand to the medical tent which was about 50 feet away. >> and that made a real difference. david abel, thank you very much. we'll be right back.
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and that is all for us from boston right now. we're going to be reporting all through the day. you can catch all the updates all day long on abcnews.com and we want to thank amy and sam in new york. and, of course, there will be a full wrapup on "world news" with diane sawyer. good morning from a shocked city of boston. >> get out! ♪ >> we need help! [ sirens ] >> it was horrible. it was just traumatizing. [ crying ] >> i was terrified. absolutely terrified. now we're just waiting for daddy to come back, right?
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now from abc7 news, good morning, i am kristen z. continuing to follow developing news from the south bay where people cannot use their land lines do call 9-1-1. the outage affects from south of morgan hill to gilroy. you can still use the cell phone to call 9-1-1. that connection is with california patrol dispatchers.
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>> mike nicco, less windy? >> yes, but still high amounts of 308en. temperatures are going to run in the low-to-mid 60's from san francisco inland neighborhoods. leyla gulen? >> and the sig-alert, southbound 101, all lanes have re-opened to highway 92 but the transition to westbound 92 to southbound 101 will remain closed until 9:30. look at this: solid backup away from the airport. drive safe, announcer: it's "live! with kelly & michael." today, film, television, and broadway star, alan cumming. and a visit from the lovely caroline kennedy. also, we'll announce the five finalists that you viewers chose in "live"'s top teacher search. plus, "nurse jackie" star peter facinelli joins kelly at the
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co-host desk. all next on the emmy . ard-winning "live" now, here are kelly ripa and peter facinelli. [cheers and applause] ♪ kelly: good morning, it's tuesday, april 16. 2013. filling in for michael today is peter facinelli, everyone. peter: good morning. kelly: we'll get right to the dreadful news coming out of boston. horrible t the boston marathon. you cannot escape the images are graphic. they are spellbinding, if you
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will, and here i am again in a position where i find myself as a parent of three children, you have three children, and i am hiding the newspaper and the cover of the newspaper from my 10-year-old because i don't want him to know that an 8-year-old little boy died in that blast that was just waiting to give his dad a hug when he finished the finish line. and it's that kind of stuff that makes you scared as a parent. it makes you scared as a child and i don't mean to bring the whole show down, but i would be remiss if we did not discuss it for a few minutes. peter: yeah. kelly: and i'm curious as to your thoughts on it. i saw you to the red carpet last night talking about it. peter: part of me, i went to a premiere yesterday and i thought maybe i shouldn't go and i thought no, maybe whoever that did this want to make us live in fear and what you need to do is not ignore what happened but to continue with